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Today's News

  • Weekly papers to end

    STAFF REPORTS
    A long, storied chapter in the journalistic history of Roane County will be coming to an end next month.
    After the Feb. 27 edition of the combined weekly newspaper Rockwood Times and Harriman Record goes out, the newspaper will be no more.
    The primary unique content — Josephine McKinney’s column ’Round Rockwood and Louise Warmley’s column Harriman Happenings —  will be moved into the Roane County News’ Monday edition, which the weekly subscribers will receive instead.

  • 911-dispatch office wants more money

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    With traditional revenue sources drying up, E-911 Director Mike Hooks says he needs more from the municipalities of Roane County.
    But with money tight, in the middle of a budget year, Kingston City Council members aren’t ready to pony up just yet. They heard Hooks’ request at a January work session and tabled it until at least February.

  • Alleged pill peddler indicted

    STAFF REPORTS
    People looking to obtain oxycodone on the black market in East Tennessee could find it more difficult.
    A man accused of selling it illegally has been indicted by the feds.
    Eric C. Hefner, 41, is in custody at the Blount County Jail in Maryville.
    According to federal court documents, Hefner was indicted on Jan. 10 on one count of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute oxycodone in the Eastern District of Tennessee. 

  • Free tax help offered in Kingston starting Feb. 7

    AARP Tax-Aide is offering free income-tax assistance and preparation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday from Feb. 7-April 10 in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

    Seven counselors will be available on site to offer assistance this tax season, the 21st year AARP Tax-Aide will serve Roane County.

    AARP Tax-Aide is one of the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service available to taxpayers with low- and middle-income.

    Special attention is given to those age 60 and older.

  • Rockwood queen invited to Liberty Bowl

    Savannah Grant, 2011 Rockwood High School homecoming queen, was among the homecoming queens around the nation invited to the 53rd AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis.

    Grant was among the Tennessee representatives participating asked to go to Memphis to partici-
    pate in the pre-game and half time show with headliners KC & the Sunshine Band.

    The Cincinnati Bearcats are this year’s AutoZone Liberty Bowl champions after toppling the Van-
    derbilt Commodores 31-24.

  • The Garden Gate: Parsley’s more than a garnish

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Parsley is a small green plant native to Southern Europe. There are more than 30 varieties of it.

    We usually think of it as merely a garnish for other foods, but there is much more to it than you might think.

    The parsley family is a large one. It includes many herbs, some spices and common vegetables, such as carrots and celery.

    Some of its relatives are anise, dill, angelica, chervil, coriander and caraway, cumin, fennel, lovage, and sweet cicely.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 18

    25 Years Ago
    Noncarbon, a high tech plant in the Roane County Industrial Park, announced plans to reduce inventory and stop total production. Product sales were to continue, but an estimated 25 employees were to be laid off. Officials would not comment on whether this was temporary or permanent situation.

    10 Years Ago

  • GUEST OPINION: Holiday for MLK shows power of 1st Amendment

    By DAVID L. HUDSON Jr.
    First Amendment Center
    This week, after a federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., people should take time to remember and reflect on how the First Amendment can better society.

    Without the First Amendment, protesters could not have assembled and voiced their clarion call for an end to segregation laws.

    Without the First Amendment, the press would not have been able to report as freely on civil rights abuses.
    King himself exercised his First Amendment freedoms at great peril.

  • Housing grant could put walkways in Kingwood

    by MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    To quote Kingston Mayor Troy Beets: “There’s no money like free money.”

    And with grant season fast approaching, Kingston City Council members have ears perked, hands out and eyes wide open.

    At the January full council session, council members approved Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon as the engineering firm that will act as consultants for the city’s application for a federal Community Development Block Grant.

  • City officials reject boarding house proposal

    While it passed muster the first time, a second reading of an ordinance to allow boarding houses in a Harriman commercial district has failed.

    With four council members present and Councilmen Buddy Holley and Chase Tedder absent, Councilman J.D. Sampson’s dissent was enough to stop the ordinance because of a lack of two-thirds majority.